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A Level Business Studies

A Level Business Studies

It is taught using a predominantly case-study driven approach, with content and theories developed by using real world evidence. We use a range of media to develop the knowledge and understanding required at A-Level.

The course covers a lot of mathematical calculations relating to financial data for business, meaning pupils with confidence in mathematics can excel in this subject.

Many of the pupils find that they enjoy the subject and go on to to study business related degrees. Applications to study Business at university are very popular and attract students to Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol.

The department is keen to integrate speakers and visits into the curriculum as well as educational visits to London and overseas.

As part of the Key Stage 5 curriculum, we encourage our Business students to take part in Young Enterprise, which aims to encourage a new generation of business leaders, who will have the opportunity to sell their products and use the opportunity to market their businesses.

The course is outlined below:
1.   What is business?
2.   Managers, leadership and decision Making
3.   Decision making to improve marketing performance
4.   Decision making to improve operational performance
5.   Decision making to improve financial performance
6.   Decision making to improve human resource performance
7.   Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-Level only)
8.   Choosing strategic direction (A-Level only)
9.   Strategic methods; How to pursue strategies (A-Level only)
10. Managing strategic change (A-Level only)

There are three examinations for the A-Level course that are taken at the end of the two year course, which are:

Paper What is assessed? Exam Question format
          Paper 1                All content above

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks in total

33.3% of A-level

Three compulsory sections:

Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.

Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.

Sections C and D have two essay questions(choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each

         Paper 2                All content above

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks in total

33.3% of A-level

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

           Paper 3                All content above

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks in total

33.3% of A-level

One compulsory case study, followed by approximately six questions.

For students taking the AS qualification they will study items 1 to 6 from the above list and take papers one and two only to gain their qualification.